Macroeconomic Techniques

Subject ECON90021 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Three hours of classes per week plus three hours of seminars during the semester
Total Time Commitment: Estimated total time commitment of 120 hours per semester
Prerequisites: 316-612 Macroeconomics
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects:

316-406 Macroeconomic Techniques

Core Participation Requirements:

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Dr Lawrence Uren


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Subject Overview: Introduction to recent developments in macroeconomics. Students will learn how to formulate and solve stochastic dynamic economic models and to apply these techniques to a number of substantive issues in consumption, asset pricing, business cycle theory, monetary economics and labour economics.
Objectives: On successful completion of this subject students should be able to:
  • Identify well posed economic questions;
  • Formulate dynamic macroeconomic models that could provide answers to well posed questions;
  • Apply existing empirical work to parameterize and calibrate such models and understand some methods of estimation;
  • Evaluate critically the performance of such models;
  • Develop an understanding of representative agent models and/or heterogeneous agent models;
  • Evaluate recent contributions to macroeconomics;
  • Analyse the interplay of questions, theory, and data.
  • 1.5-hour mid-semester examination (20%)
  • 3-hour final examination (50%)
  • Cass assignments of up to 6000 words (30%)
Prescribed Texts: You will be advised of prescribed texts by your lecturer.
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

On successful completion of this subject, students should have improved the following generic skills:

  • Evaluation of ideas, views and evidence
  • Synthesis of ideas, views and evidence
  • Strategic thinking
  • Critical thinking
  • Application of theory to economic policy and business decision making
  • Accessing economic and other information
  • Summary and interpretation of information
  • Application of Windows software
  • Using and designing computer programs
  • Statistical reasoning
  • Problem solving skills
  • Collaborative learning and teamwork
  • Negotiation and bargaining
  • Written communication
  • Oral communication
Notes: Students may not gain credit for both 316-671 Macroeconomic Techniques and 316-406 Macroeconomic Techniques.
Related Course(s): Master of Commerce - Economics

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